Answer for Up in the air on how to bid this job.

Karl, you need to put this advice in a book and supply it to ALL paint contractors EVERYWHERE. If all would go by this we could ALL make a living instead of some cutting a fair price by half thus nobody making a living.

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Answer for Up in the air on how to bid this job.

Start by understanding all of the work you need to do. Take a good look at the house and write down all areas that need prep. This is really where the work is, painting is easy by comparison. Try to put a hour or day number to the prep that the house needs. Include scraping, sanding, caulking and priming.

Now you have to put a number to the actual painting. Make sure to write down exactly what the owner wants. What colors and where do they go? Will it take 2 coats on everything? What level of quality? If this is a same color- blow and go job then make sure to get this writing.

Now double check what tools and materials the owner will supply. Make this a part of your written proposal for the home owner. Is there anything you will need to supply/buy? There are many items needed to do a good paint job; brushes, mini-roller with covers for the trim, drop cloths, hand-masker with tape and paper or masking plastic, etc.

It will be challenge to get a good price together but at least you won't need to buy much or supply much more than your labor. The risk is fairly low for this type of job.

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